Sanford Bishop against another Pelosi leadership role

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - "I believe for the good of the country and for the good of the Democratic caucus, we would be better to have a different leader for the Democratic caucus and an alternative to Pelosi," said Sanford Bishop, the Democratic representative for Georgia's second congressional district.

Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House when Democrats took control of Congress in 2006.

But after a midterm election when many Republicans -- and even some Democrats -- ran against the policies of Speaker Pelosi, some, including Bishop, believe it's time for a change in the Democratic caucus's leadership.

"I have a lot of constituents -- a lot of people who opposed me in the election as well as people who supported me -- that have contacted me in recent days since the election and asked me no to support Speaker Pelosi for leader," Bishop said.

Bishop contributes Pelosi's low popularity to the loss of many seats in the house, including many of the "Blue Dog" Democrats -- those that consider themselves more moderate than others in the party.

With Republicans now in control of the House of Representatives, Bishop says his job doesn't change -- no matter who is in charge.

"I've served with presidents of both parties, with Congresses that were in majority of either party and in both instances when I was in the minority or majority, I've tried to work across the isle for polices that were beneficial to people of the 2nd congressional district, and I will continue to do that," Bishop reiterated.

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